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CFLToday I paid $9 for a Compact Fluorescent Bulb when I could have bought an incandescent bulb for about a $1. Why would I do this? Because every little bit helps. According to this site:
Most electricity used for lighting is generated in coal and oil power plants. These power plants pollute the atmosphere and emit CO2, which causes global climate change. Each CFB (Compact Fluorescent Bulb) replacing an incandescent can cut CO2 emissions by 1,300 pounds over its lifetime, saving the energy equivalent of 50 to 60 gallons of oil. In addition, for every CFB used there are eight less incandescent light bulbs ending up in landfills.
There are roughly 110 million households in the United States. If each household were to replace two of their incandescent bulbs with Fluorescent Swirls like the one I bought today, that would amount to a savings of 5,500,000,000 gallons or 131 million barrels of oil.

So, if you are looking for a cool Christmas present to give someone, something that will make them feel good about themselves, you might think about getting them one of these great energy saving light bulbs. And while you’re at it, you may as well make a New Year’s Resolution to replace the bulbs that burn out in your home with swirls. Happy saving!

By Camille Armantrout

Camille lives with her soul mate Bob in the back woods of central North Carolina where she hikes, gardens, cooks, and writes.